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Two explanations have been proposed to explain forgetting: decay (forgetting occurs as a function of time) and interference (the mental activity can impinge on the consolidation of a recently acquired memory). Wickelgren (1974) proposed a model of forgetting which suggests that forgetting is a function of both decay and interference, best expressed as a power-exponential function. The present research will be the first to directly examine whether Wickelgren’s model accurately predicts the observed effects of these two components on forgetting. This research will further the study of human memory by improving current models, and helping to resolve the debate surrounding decay and interference.
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University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Memory--Physiological aspects; Memory--Research--Methodology; Memory--Testing
Behavior and Behavior Mechanisms | Cognitive Psychology | Psychological Phenomena and Processes
Hull, Gabriel and Lacy, Isabella, "Testing Wickelgren's Model of Interference and Decay" (2022). Undergraduate Research Symposium Posters. 144.
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